Juliana Hatfield Three Matures on Latest Album

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Juliana Hatfield Three
Whatever My Love
(American Laundromat)
In A Word: TK

Twenty-one years after their debut release, The Juliana Hatfield Three, the original group is back for a new album, Whatever, My Love. A ’90s singer-songwriter alternative rock vibe runs through the disc’s veins, as the group originated in that era dominated by female-led garage rock contemporaries such as The Cranberries, Sheryl Crow and Mazzy Star. Yet Hatfield and her group have successfully transitioned into 2015.

Recorded in Hoboken, NJ, the 12-song disc features songs driven by lead riffs. The first single, “If I Could,” released back in December, features a more upbeat theme and acoustic-based songwriting. It contrasts really well with the faster and punk-influenced songs like “Dog On A Chain” and “Push Pin.”

Throughout the album, songs feature her trademark double-tracked vocals style. It’s an older, more dated style of recording vocals, but the group’s maturity and strong grasp of producing techniques learned over the past couple of decades ease it into the modern recording era. Although a bit more mature, you can still hear that younger, possibly insecure version of Juliana on tracks like “Ordinary Guy,” “I Don’t Know What To Do With My Hands” and “I’m Shy.”

Jim Sullivan

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